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Cello Sonatas

Cello Sonatas

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~ FAURE / MAGARIELLO / NOVARINO

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Fauré was a reserved, self-effacing man particularly drawn by the intimacy of chamber music. Deeply attached to the romanticism of an earlier age, he is considered the last of the romantics. Debussy described him as a 'maître de charme', an epithet that still rings true. During the First World War Fauré remained in Paris as head of the Conservatoire, and despite it's external turmoil, this period (lasting for him until 1921, the year of the Second Cello Sonata) was the most productive of his life. His compositions of this period are notable for their force and even violence from a composer who is usually renowned for his delicacy and restraint. In fact the first movement of the First Cello Sonata is among Fauré's most angular and assertive pieces. The Second Sonata shares a flowing, elusive quality with much of his late music, but it falls on the ear with almost deceptive ease: 'How lucky you are to stay young like that!', remarked Vincent d'Indy to the 78-year-old composer when he first heard the sonata's effervescent finale. Fauré himself remarked with typical understatement that 'Music consists in raising us as far as possible above what is. I carry within me a certain desire for things that do not exist.' There is a sense in which these late cello works speak in a Romantic language which the composer already knew was dead - and yet every note within them is uniquely his own, averse to tragic declamation yet unwilling to shake off a melancholy spirit of reflection.

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Title: Cello Sonatas
Release Date: 4/3/2020
Label: Brilliant Classics
Product Type: CD
Catalog #: 95681
UPC: 5028421956817
Item #: 2280120X
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